Melissa Tardiff Dvorak, a full time professional, conservatory-trained harpist, is devoted to the magic of the harp, delighting her audience with a varied and distinctive repertoire, including music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods; traditional Hebrew and Christian melodies; and an expansive selection of contemporary favorites.
Melissa is an active soloist and chamber music musician in the Greater Washington DC area, performing frequently at locations including the US Supreme Court, US Department of State, the Kennedy Center, Myerhoff Symphony Hall, Strathmore Music Center, US Naval Academy, DAR Constitution Hall, the Georgetown Club, The Ritz Carlton and other area landmarks. Her recent orchestral appearances include Washington National Opera, National Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony, Arlington Symphony, and Salisbury Symphony.
Melissa was the featured harpist for the 55th Presidential Inauguration and for the Historic US Visit of Pope Francis in 2015.
She has appeared with the Anne Murray and Connie Francis Touring Bands, with the Mambo Kings, and at the world premiere of the hit movie "Gods and Generals". She has performed for dignitaries including Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Former United Nations President Kofi Annan, Justices Clarence Thomas John Roberts, and , Senator Hillary Clinton, and for numerous state leaders and ambassadors including those from Great Britain, Spain, Austria, France, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and Jordan.
In addition to a busy performance schedule, Melissa is an active teacher and has held numerous faculty appointments.
Melissa has served as Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the American Harp Society (AHS), and as President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of AHS.
Melissa was voted "Best of Weddings 2007" and "Best of Weddings 2011" by The Knot.
Melissa holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. While a student, Melissa was the recipient of both the Merit Scholarship and the Peabody Career Development Grant. She has studied with world-renowned harpists Alice Chalifoux and Jeanne Chalifoux, and attended the prestigious Salzedo Summer Harp Colony for 7 summers.
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Recommended by 93% of couples
Stacy · Married on 10/13/2013
Wonderful musician, very flexible and extremely easy to work with throughout the planning process! We left it up to Melissa to choose the selections for my daughters wedding reception and we could not have been more pleased! Through her talents and that of the flutist who joined her, the combination was well received by all of our guests and to this day, we are hearing more positive comments about these fine women! The atmosphere in the room, while the harp was playing, was so well balanced, with the music to assist in the calm feeling during cocktail hour and dinner. I look forward to the opportunity to have Melissa play for us again in the future!
Jessica · Married on 10/06/2018
My husband and I couldn't have been happier that we worked with Melissa on our recent wedding. Melissa was responsive, flexible, and all of our guests really enjoyed the harp. We felt that the harp was an extraordinary addition to our cocktail hour and ceremony. We were also extremely appreciative that Melissa worked with one of our family members to perform a song together. It enhanced our ceremony experience and was very special. Couldn't recommend her more! Thank you Melissa for everything!
Adam · Married on 10/06/2018
She was amazing! She worked with us to ensure that the music matched the ceremony and was a highlight of our reception.
Melissa is a true talent! Her beautiful harp music will enhance your wedding or special event. If you are looking for someone experienced, talented and professional look no further!
Melissa is a real pleasure to work with. She makes beautiful music. She arrives early and is always prepared to give each couple the program they planned with energy and joy. She always seems happy to be playing. I know everytime I see her that the wedding ceremony music will go smoothly and beautifully.